Woman Dies After Lap-Band Procedure—5th So Far
Her outpatient center calls story 'premature'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2011 2:56 PM CDT
An Orange County, Calif., woman died after having Lap-Band surgery earlier this month.    (Flickr)

(Newser) – Lap-Band surgery appears to have claimed another victim. A woman in Orange County, Calif., died earlier this month after undergoing the procedure, the fifth to expire since the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign started two years ago, the Los Angeles Times reports. Paula Rojeski, 55, was 5 foot 5 and weighed around 180 pounds when she underwent the stomach surgery to discourage overeating.

A lawyer for Rojeski's outpatient center called "any loss of life is tragic," but said "reporting on this matter is premature." Lap-Band surgery deaths have already sparked several lawsuits, aimed at medical centers, doctors, and even the Times for its stories. All Rojeski wanted was a way to finally slim down. "She was really excited, really happy. She told me, 'I'm going to be skinny!'" says a friend. "I was a supportive friend, but I didn't think she needed it. I don't understand why it would be worth the risk for 20 or 30 pounds."

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Sep 26, 2011 8:51 AM CDT
Lap bands aren't for people like this woman, to my knowledge. They are for obese people, not for people who are 20 or 30 lbs overweight. If you only have 20/30 to lose, go start running, don't run to an operating table.
Sep 26, 2011 8:10 AM CDT
Many Many more are Ok and much better and healther while thin.
Sep 25, 2011 3:18 AM CDT
This death is so sad...but the fact that people found this story amusing is sadder yet.